The Golden Fleece

February 7, 2010

I still remember being actively shocked the first time I found the Golden Fleece. South Croxton is one of the villages that may only be five minutes north of the city boundaries at Scraptoft but just seems remote and out of the way.  You rock up to its pub and expect chintz, hunting prints and a cosy fireplace.  What you find is metropolitan chic – the lowest,widest sofas I’ve ever sat on, blonde wood, white walls, a huge open dining room and a menu that goes well beyond country pub grub.

Golden Fleece

Last week I took advantage of a slack Friday to call in for lunch. A starter of home cured gravadlax was very good indeed. Good, thick slices of salmon copiously trimmed with  dill, a dollop of creme fraiche and a really good, sympathetically dressed salad. Particular praise for the judicious use of rocket – this is so often over-used but here it just gave peppery background notes. Main course was a generous amount of pork fillet with a similarly well-judged green peppercorn sauce – lying pretty much equidistant  between gently warming and really quite pokey. Good mash, crisp greens and caramelised carrots completed the dish. At £10.95 for two courses this is very acceptable value.

 Service is superior and the brisk lunchtime trade suggests that the place is very well established in what is a quite competitive market.  The set lunch menu is also available early doors until 7pm ( and Monday night features pizza and pasta for a fiver),  but if you’re looking to splash out a bit you’ll find an a la carte  including starters such as pigeon breast, mushroom duxelle and puff pastry at £5.95 and mains including pan-fried hake with king prawn and mussels, sauted potatoes and spinach and parsley puree at £14.95.

It may not be up there with the likes of the  Olive Branch but The Golden Fleece definitely earns a place on your list for impressing a date,  a birthday celebration, business lunch or just a midweek treat.

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One Response to “The Golden Fleece”

  1. […] of subtlety from chef Adam Barnacle.  It’s clearly hoping to rival local venues such as the Golden Fleece in South Croxton and the Bull’s Head in Woodhouse Eaves. If you get to eat there soon – […]

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